‘Banjo-Kazooie’ Now Available to Play on Nintendo’s Switch Online + Expansion Pack

Starting today, Rare’s iconic 1998 3D platformer Banjo-Kazooie is available to play once more on Nintendo hardware. Those subscribed to Nintendo’s Switch Online + Expansion Pack will be able to dive in and defeat Gruntilda.

Banjo-Kazooie first launched on Nintendo 64. Since that time, the bear and bird mascot have become iconic mascots within the industry. Since that time, the series spawned a true sequel in 2000’s Banjo-Tooie and the non-traditional follow-up Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts in 2008. In 2002, developer Rare was acquired by Microsoft making the chances of seeing Banjo-Kazooie on Nintendo hardware once more very slim.

For those out of the loop, Nintendo’s official description of Banjo-Kazooie reads as followed:

It all starts when the wicked witch Gruntilda kidnaps Tooty, Banjo’s little sister, and Banjo and Kazooie set out to bring her back—venturing from Spiral Mountain, along the shark-infested coastline of Treasure Trove Cove, through the icy perils of Freezeezy Peak, and beyond. But with Kazooie spending most of her time inside Banjo’s backpack, they’re like two heroes in one! Though they may squabble from time to time, with the two of them working together, nothing can stand in their way. Now you can join them on this journey into a magical world of adventure!

Nintendo has been continuously adding to its Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Since its launch, the Expansion Pack has given access to other Nintendo 64 games like Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The addition of Banjo-Kazooie makes 11 core Nintendo 64 titles available as part of the subscription service.

In addition to having access to select Nintendo 64 titles, the premium subscription enables access to select Sega Genesis games, the ability to play NES and SNES titles, cloud saves, and online access. Additionally, players can also take advantage of access to the Happy Home Paradise add-on for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

A 12-month Individual Membership of Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs $63.99 CAD. A 12-month Family Membership (which includes up to eight accounts) costs $99.99 CAD.